In 2018, Chip and Joann won an $18.6M jury verdict in a single-plaintiff wrongful termination/defamation case. The was heavily-litigated against Allstate Insurance Company. At trial, Allstate brought in a team of 7 attorneys from 4 different firms. The jury found in our client’s favor, voting unanimously for our client on nearly every question. The jury awarded $2.6M in compensatory damages and $16M in punitive damages. The trial court upheld the judgment on post-trial motions.
Won $9.6 million jury verdict
We won a jury verdict in favor of a salesperson formerly employed by Carrier Corporation, part of a Fortune 500 company. Opposing trial counsel from an earlier case (where we won a jury trial with a punitive damage finding) asked us to join in the representation and handle the trial. A jury agreed Carrier breached its contract, committed fraud, and awarded $8 million in punitive damages. We fought against a team from a well-known national law firm.
Won $8.6 million jury verdict
We won a jury verdict in favor of a San Diego contractor against Hess Microgen, a subsidiary of a huge oil company. The jury rejected claims made against our client and agreed with us that Hess Microgen breached its contract and interfered with contractual relationships. The jury awarded $6 million in punitive damages. During the case we battled against two large national law firms.
Recovery of $5,000,000
We obtained a settlement of over $5,000,000 shortly before trial for a whistleblower employee fired for speaking out against sexual favoritism and other illegal conduct.
Won $2 million arbitration award
We won a binding arbitration in favor of a co-owner in a complicated shareholder and employment dispute, after replacing the initial attorney representing the plaintiff. We fought two large national law firms and a third local firm, plus expert witnesses including a nationally known trial attorney from a large national law firm as well as multiple experts from accounting and computer forensics.
Recovery of $3,000,000
We obtained a settlement of approximately $3,000,000 soon after filing a lawsuit on behalf of a fired executive against a Japanese-owned automotive company for race and national origin discrimination against our client who was a white American man.
Successfully defended a local pension fund manager
We turned the defense of a claim for breach of a promissory note filed by an equity management firm against its former officer/employee into an award in favor of our client for failure to pay severance and bonus.
Won jury verdict of over $600,000
We won a jury verdict of over $600,000 including punitive damages representing the founder of Xterra Wetsuits in breach of fiduciary duty action against former business partners. The case settled confidentially prior to any award for costs or attorney’s fees.
Won jury verdict of over $2.5 million,
We won a jury verdict of over $2.5 million and a confidential settlement prior to further punitive damages award. In Cade v. Heller Seasonings and Harris Bank, we represented the CEO who sold his business then was fired and not paid earn out money. The jury also found against Harris Bank for wrongful interference with contract, as well as against the buying company for wrongful termination, defamation, and breach of contract, and against the parent company for alter ego liability.
Won jury verdict of $400,000
We won a jury verdict of $400,000 in federal court for former retirement community maintenance worker in race-based harassment/discrimination lawsuit against former employer and supervisor.
Won a jury award of over $1.1 million
We won a jury award of over $1.1 million representing a salesman seeking unpaid commissions for his company, ESC, against Stewart & Stevenson, based on oral contract. Case settled confidentially after appeal.
Represented former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner/attorney
We represented a former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher law partner in federal lawsuit against the law firm’s insurance company for failure to pay disability benefits. Prevailed at trial in federal court and entered into confidential settlement.
Took over representation of Anacomp, Inc.
We took over representation of Anacomp, Inc. from Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher in a plaintiff’s case. Switched from former counsel’s hourly fee arrangement to a contingency fee in a contract dispute against Brocade Communications defended by a large national law firm in San Jose Superior Court. Case involved a contract claim of over $5 million and a cross-claim of $1.7 million, and settled on confidential terms during trial after rulings on 21 motions in limine.
Won jury verdict of over $1 million
We won a jury verdict of over $1 million representing the former president of a dissolved golf club manufacturing company, La Jolla Club, pursuing severance payments from the majority shareholder, and also represented the former chairman of the company pursuing payment for his family’s stock that was also sold to the majority shareholder. The jury awarded all damages requested and rejected the shareholder’s cross claims for fraud and breach of contract. The appellate court affirmed in all respects.
Represented six top sales people
We represented six top sales people seeking unpaid commissions of over $5 million from HNC Software after the company was purchased by Fair Isaac who then laid off the sales people and claimed they forfeited commission by their termination. We won the commission claim in the first phase of a binding arbitration then reached a confidential settlement prior to the damages phase.
Represented a long term general manager of Wachovia Securities
We represented a long term general manager of Wachovia Securities in a FINRA arbitration. The firm fired the manager after he and they together lost another securities fraud arbitration brought against them and a broker they managed. The firm had assured the manager that he need not have separate attorneys for the arbitration and that his job was secure because he had done nothing wrong. The arbitration panel found in favor of the manager and awarded $1.5 million. The parties reached a confidential settlement following further post-arbitration procedures in federal court.
Represented a former mortgage broker of CTX Mortgage
We represented a former mortgage broker of CTX Mortgage in a claim for reverse sex discrimination, wrongful termination, and defamation. The jury found in favor of the broker on all claims and awarded $750,000 for loss of income and $750,000 for defamation. The case settled on a confidential basis prior to a second punitive damage phase of trial.
Represented former Mayor of San Diego
We represented the former Mayor of San Diego and former President of San Diego State University in breach of fiduciary duty case involving local CPA/trustee’s failure to make life insurance premium payments resulting in loss of over $700,000 in life insurance proceeds. Obtained full insurance coverage settlement on eve of trial.
Defended City of San Diego
We successfully defended the City of San Diego in a discrimination, wrongful termination lawsuit. Obtained full dismissal of action at pleading stage.
Represented Southwest Airlines
Joann represented Southwest Airlines in personal injury lawsuit entitled Singh v. Southwest Airlines. Obtained complete defense verdict after 2-week trial. Preserved verdict on appeal before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Defended Southwest Airlines
Joann defended Southwest Airlines in multiple federal court lawsuits arising from runway overrun incident. Obtained jury verdict far below plaintiff’s best settlement demand.
Won jury verdict in San Francisco federal court
We won a jury verdict in San Francisco federal court for an insurance bad faith claim on disability insurance policy with benefits at issue of over $4 million. The case settled confidentially prior to further proceedings on damages.
Served as defense liaison counsel
We served as defense liaison counsel for four major generic drug manufacturers in a case involving alleged antitrust conduct in pharmaceutical industry.
Defended security guard services company
We defended a large security guard services company in multiple race-based employment discrimination matters as well as a personal injury suit involving an escaped prisoner.
Represented television, radio and newspapers
Joann represented television, radio and newspapers in First Amendment court access proceedings, including litigation involving media access to criminal trial in State of California v. Westerfield.